Monday, October 11, 2004

Rocktober - Or A Fraction Thereof.....

Cafe DuNord, S.F.
Rocktober 10, 2004

Fleet Week was in town this weekend and tonight's gig was in The Castro. Hello Sailor!

Rocktober is turning into a month of fractions... A week ago I rationalized seeing the New York Dolls eventhough it was only 2/5 of the original lineup. Well, how about seeing a "new" band who rolled into town with only 1/3 of their "original" lineup?!

Yes, the underground sensation known as the Eagles of Death Metal rolled into town minus 2/3 of their advertised lineup, including the member whom most in the sold out DuNord were probably there to see.. Namely Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. Granted, Homme's role in EODM is rudimentary drummer / backing vocals, but does QOTSA's mainstream fan base know that?

TIM - Not There, JOSH - Not There, JESSE - Present

At first I was like "What the fuck?" but then the music geek in me reminded myself that the revolving members plays right into that whole Desert Sessions thing that Homme & Co. have perpetuated over the years. This was further supported by the fact that the "replacement" Eagles were Dave Catching (sometimes guitarist / keyboardist for QOTSA) and Joey Castillo (sometimes drummer for QOTSA)..

So, for those keeping score, the incarnation of EODM onstage basically contained 1/2 of QOTSA as opposed to only the 1/4 QOTSA content that was originally expected. As a result, QOTSA fans should have been 1/4 happier (is my math correct on this?). However, at the same time, Homme's absence also meant that there would not be 1/4 of the mighty Kyuss (R.I.P.) in the house. EODM were onstage for right around 3/4 of an hour. It took Timo and I 1/4 of an hour to get from Van Ness Ave. to my house after grabbing a midnight snack. Confused?? You musta gone to public schools like me.. Lock 'N Loll!

Beer count = 1. Probot shirts = 1 (mine). Drunk girls seem to like EODM more than anyone. On the way back to the car some pimply-faced teenagers called us fags. I answered "Dude, just because we're wearing sailor suits does NOT mean we're queer!"